The Prison and the Inescapable Pain of Negative “I”s
by Guy Finley
Key Lesson: All negative “I”s are effectively blind because they are enclosed within the walls of what they don’t want, and unable to see anything else. Their prison, and its pain, is inseparable from their perception of life.
Use the Power of the Present Moment for Real Inner Change
There are countless opportunities presented each day for you to be free now. Your awareness of the power ofnow can transform each challenging life moment into a new and true beginning for you. Learning how to use these moments leads to real inner change.
Make it your moment-to-moment practice to stay awake, and to watch for all the opportunities that your ownnow presents. Keep your efforts personal, practical, and to the point.
To help you begin this important process of using the power of the present moment for personal transformation, work with the following five special insights as a reminder that now is always the time to:
Take responsibility for your life experience.
The way you feel toward what you meet in life is a direct expression of who you are. And who you are is exactly the same as what you secretly value. Seeing that you feel the way you do because you treasure what you do is what it means to take responsibility for your life.
Remember you’re not the only one in the world.
It may feel like it, but you’re not the only one who suffers! That’s why you must not be afraid to take a good look at — and really consider — another human being. This will help you be less wrongly concerned with the way you feel about yourself — which will come as welcome relief. Remember, you’re not the only one in the world.
Face those fearful feelings.
There is really no such thing as a shaky situation, so any time you start to tremble, don’t look around you for the fault: look inward. It’s the inner ground you’re standing on that isn’t solid. Any weakness faced by looking in this new direction becomes the foundation of a new strength. Face those fearful feelings. Fearlessness follows.
Release all resentments.
It’s important for you to see that holding on to some hurt, or hatred, over what others may have done to you in the past, makes you their slave in the here and now. Is that what you want? Learn to ask for something new by refusing to relive what’s been tearing at you. This higher request releases you from raging resentments.
Keep your chin up.
Even if all of your thoughts are going that way, tell your chin not to fall down. As it obeys, it gives a message to your head, “Hold yourself up high!” And so your head helps your eyes to keep looking forward, where they can see, at last, that your thoughts are often blind. Keep your chin up. Consciousness likes heights. Dare to follow!
Here’s extra encouragement. There is no such thing as a wasted step when your final destination is self-transformation. As you awaken to this Higher Life within yourself, you naturally attract higher, and happier events.